Only 2% of mothers are unable to breastfeed for medical reasons. Breasts make milk on a supply-and-demand basis. As your baby takes milk, your body tells your breasts to make milk – so you will never run out, no matter what size your breasts are.
If a mother feels she is having problems with her milk supply, she should contact a lactation consultant. It may be caused by medications she is taking (e.g. birth control), problems with the baby’s latch at the breast, using a nipple shield, using a breast pump, or not emptying the breasts often enough. A lactation consultant will be able to work with you to figure out what is causing the problem, and how to reverse it.
To talk to a lactation consultant at the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, call 519.352.7270 ext. 2903.
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